Causes of Breast Eczema And Possible Treatment

Generally, eczema is a skin dermatitis and inflammation of your skin that can occur anywhere on the body, including on the breast and nipple. Eczema on breast and nipples will cause itching, burning, and pain, which can worsen over time.

Breast Eczema
Breast Eczema

What’s Causing Eczema on Breast?


There are many causes of eczema on breast that include:

  • Using nipple creams that can irritate your skin.
  • History of eczema
  • Expressing with a pump that has a suction can damage the skin, creating an environment for eczema to develop.
  • Allergens which cause eczema breakouts on other parts of the body can affect breasts.
  • When the mother is sensitive to residual foods, teething gels in baby’s mouth when he breastfeeds.
  • Cold and dry climates.

Disposable breast pads may cause irritation


What are the symptoms of eczema?


Eczema on Breast commonly begins with tiny blisters and raised areas that can turn red, swell, and become crusty.  Your skin will be very dry and will thicken and becomes scaly.  In general, eczema causes itching, burning, and pain while breastfeeding especially.  It is very common to appear on both breasts and worsens over time.  If you scratch, you will exacerbate the condition and allow for the development of a bacterial or fungal infection as well.


How to Treat Eczema on Breast?


There are several remedies at home that can work.  But, it is important to determine what causes the inflammation and manage that allergen. Here, some possibilities to treat eczema on breast including:

  • Nipple creams and ointments
  • Disposable breast pads
  • Allergens in mother’s diet
  • Soaps and laundry detergents
  • Allergens in baby’s diet mother’s breasts


Home treatment Tips:

  • Do not allow your skin to “dry out” but moisturize with non-allergenic cream.
  • Rinse nipples in cool water and pat dry.
  • Avoid having breasts and nibbles become hot and sweaty.
  • Avoid perfumes, dyes, and other products that could cause allergens to this area.
  • Eliminating allergens in your diet and things, such as grains, dairy, sweets, that could exacerbate your eczema.

If these do not work and improve the eczema, contact your health care provider about other possible topical ointments.  These medications can still be compatible with breastfeeding especially when it is applied after nursing and gently wiped off before breastfeeding.

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Can you still breastfeed if you have eczema on Breast?

In fact, yes, you can breastfeed!  Your baby should not be affected by his mother’s eczema and breastfeeding can safely continue for baby.  As mother’s symptoms subside, the pain that she experiences while breastfeeding should also be improved.

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